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White House is taking heat for offering congressman -- suspect a non paying job to drop out of the Pennsylvania senate race and tonight Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell has new information about the story.
Governor Rendell says he had conversations with the White House months ago about congressman suspect.
Governor Ed Rendell joins us -- -- sex.
-- -- -- before I get in this sense that I just have to answer your last guest I don't know what state he's looking happened in Pennsylvania the stimulus has worked big time.
We gain in March and April 55000.
Jobs or are April job gain was greatest in ten years.
And significant portion that is attributable of this stimulus and that's not counting.
The twenty to 25000.
Jobs and state workers teachers -- I would happily off if we didn't have stimulus funds our state budget.
Stimulus has retained the kind of jobs and -- created construction and manufacturing jobs the ones we need the most.
That's good news from Pennsylvania's great news I ever let me ask you -- -- -- came here to talk about death.
cell stack your congressman says they -- you don't understand you here on May 26.
And I did not ask you -- specific question did you ever talk to the White House about suspect but you are talking about that specific story and you never volunteered.
That you -- -- -- you had been part of this in -- -- have a discussion about suspect with the White House to why not.
I don't know early on it because it didn't have any new jobs actually -- focusing on whether it's offered a job.
My discussions where we're affairs chief staff Rahm Emanuel and we both agreed it was very very important to try to persuade -- Stay in the congress and run for his house seat because we thought.
His house seat if he ran for it would be a slam dunk he would win reelection easily without and we could lose so I tried.
My -- to convince -- to stay in the house and wait his turn for the Senate they had no discussion -- nothing to do with jobs at all.
And that this was I guess the previous year was in 09 when we were.
Arlen had switched over to Democrat.
And we wanted to understand where it was because it was so important to your whole house seat him without him it's going to be a struggle.
I guess the thing is certain visited -- Caught my curiosity is that you know that they've been really hard to serve -- the facts out in this case it's like it's like pulling teeth there of the started in February.
And the White House wasn't forthcoming he was -- -- and -- then you come on our show to explain it and then you don't tell me that you are also part of some conversations with the White House.
Can't even talk about how important is to be transparent it's like -- I don't try medical team just to get the information out -- he can't help -- -- suspicious you know.
We're Gretchen if I had anything to do it offering your job or being -- -- and I would have told.
My discussion was just to try to convince him.
That he couldn't win the primary -- -- would raise a whole lot more money than he was gonna raise -- on would have supported the president and myself and others in the vice president.
And try to convince him to stay in the house seat as a political matter so I -- there.
Could show a couple of occasions about the political wisdom -- thing.
But I have nothing to do it any job offer anything like that I didn't no there was a job offer until you know.
Went public her earlier this year so that's why didn't bring -- believe -- I agree with you I think.
We all need particular the White House and even joke to be a little bit more clear in a little bit more transparent about -- occurred.
I don't think anything wrong current and I think you've got Michael Mukasey the former -- the last attorney general under President Bush.
Saying that this type of activity was not -- the crew statute was meant that the finest criminal.
So I I don't think there's any wrongdoing here but I think you're right.
Everyone should be a little bit more forthcoming and I'm sorry the only reason I didn't disclose that cute isn't enough to do with jobs.
Yeah what what's your theory on why it took so long for.
-- Sus suspect the same -- -- -- suspects say they -- the White House to say they really.
Why don't we have to keep you know what -- why should we feel comfortable that they're not hiding something when it was they're literally cut.
-- -- For months -- it's a hard question it's a hard question answer granite.
I don't believe they did anything wrong and they should have been combatants and senate that this practice and it's well -- practice this practice has been going on.
Four presidential administrations for years and years for governor's administration I know I talk to you the night I was on.
That I did that same type of thing.
Former councilman kind congressman -- awful lot of running against Bob Casey in the democratic primary.
I showed in the polls it separates veteran I said look -- I know your interest in public service still you've got the bug just like I do.
If you decide not to run come back and talk to me I've got some interest in things in Harrisburg that you might like.
He decided not to run he came back and talk to me.
-- appointed him deputy secretary of commerce for foreign export he did a great job we've doubled our exports from sixteen million to 34 million.
And there's nothing wrong with that and I think essentially that's what occurred here but I'm mystified why we have been more clear about.
Government that -- -- see you thank you sir and congratulations events yeah jobs.
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